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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Online Registration Begins April 1

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 15, 2010) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers a chance to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2011 with a two-day “live-money” tournament to held Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 2010. In addition, the tournament will offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2010 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money.

Registration will be accepted beginning Thursday, April 1, 2010, online at and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.

There is no entry fee for the tournament but each player will establish a $1,000 bankroll by exchanging $1,000 for a contest wagering card. The balance on the contest wagering card always remains the property of the player. A player may play a second entry by exchanging an additional $1,000 for a second contest wagering card. There will be a limit of 300 total entries, taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each player must wager on a minimum of 10 Arlington races, chosen by the player, over the two days of the contest and the player may re-invest monies earned from winning wagers. Players may make wagers in any and all pools offered on the Arlington card however multiple-race wagers will count as one-race wager toward the 10-race minimum. While there is no minimum or maximum wager, the contestant must wager a minimum of $100 on a race for that race to be considered part of the 10-race minimum.

The person with the highest total bankroll at the conclusion of the contest on Saturday, July 18 will be declared the winner and receive a cash prize of $1,000, an entry into the NHC, three-night lodging for the NHC and a $350 travel voucher to make their own travel arrangements to Las Vegas for the NHC for an approximate total value of $5,100. The winner’s of the 2009 Arlington Park qualifier took home over $12,000 in winnings from his live-money wagers.

The second-place finisher will earn $500, an entry into the NHC, three-night lodging for the NHC and a $350 travel voucher to make their own travel arrangements to Las Vegas for the NHC for an approximate total value of $4,600. The third-place finisher will get $250, an entry into the NHC, three-night lodging for the NHC and a $350 travel voucher to make their own travel arrangements to Las Vegas for the NHC for an approximate total value of $4,350.

In addition, there will be cash prizes paid for those players finishing fourth through 20th place.

For the first time in 2010, handicapper Scott McMannis, Midwest correspondent for HorsePlayer magazine and whose daily Arlington Park selection appear in the Chicago Sun-Times, will host handicapping seminars before the races begin each day of the contest to help national players get a local’s perspective.

Questions regarding the contest can be directed to McMannis, who is also serving as contest coordinator this season, at

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 91-day meet in 2010 from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, Sept. 26. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at


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